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Considering a Winter Term Internship for Credit?

Here are the steps to follow if you want to participate in a Winter Term internship AND receive credit for it. (Please note: Sophomores through Super Seniors who have been enrolled for Fall ’20 are eligible to earn Winter Term credit through an internship.)

STEP 1: Have your resume approved by a CCI Peer Career Advisor (PCA). No appointment necessary. See go/PCAs for days/times. Please note you must visit a PCA before Dec. 2 if your resume has not been previously approved; PCAs will be on break the week of Thanksgiving.

STEP 2: Secure your internship. See go/findinternships for tips or make an appointment with a CCI advisor or visit a PCA for help.

STEP 3: Find a Middlebury faculty member to serve as your academic sponsor. See FAQ at go/WTinternships for more info on academic sponsors. Because we are approaching the Dec. 2 deadline, students should work on this step even before they secure their internship.

STEP 4: Write your personal statement for your application for credit including 3 scholarly sources (see FAQ at go/WTinternships).

STEP 5: Download the Internship Agreement Form, read it, and initial all sections.

STEP 6: Create an Experience in Handshake – this is your application for credit. (Find it at go/Handshake>Career Center>Experiences>Create an Experience.) Select Winter Term Application for Credit/Funding and Winter Term 2021 and answer all questions marked with an asterisk. Immediately after submitting, attach your personal statement, your CCI-approved resume, and a signed Internship Agreement. Several funding grants are available for students on financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis (you will be asked questions about applying for funding as you complete the Funding application).

Internship credit is approved on a rolling basis up until December 2. Apply now!

Information, FAQs, Timeline & Checklist here!

Extensions of a day or two (but not more) may be allowed in rare circumstances out of your control (e.g. waiting for a firm internship offer, waiting for answer from faculty academic sponsor) only for students who contact Cheryl Whitney Lower or another CCI advisor before the December 2 deadline. Plan ahead!

Find and Fund Your Summer Internship!

Thursday, November 5, 4:00-5:00 pm.

We know some of you are starting to plan for summer (or spring) internships, so we are offering this session just for you! Learn strategies for finding or creating the best internship for you.

At this session, we will:

• Give you examples of past internships Midd students have done.
• Highlight top resources to use in the search process.
• Discuss strategies for creating your own experience.
• Provide an overview of CCI’s GRANT FUNDING available for unpaid summer internships.
• Help you with the process of narrowing down fields in which to pursue your internship.

Students seeking internships for the Spring semester or the long Winter break may also find it valuable to attend but please note that funding is only available for summer internships. This webinar will be recorded and sent to anyone who registers for the workshop (another session will be offered in January). Students may also drop into Quick Questions to see a Peer Career Advisor or make an appointment with a CCI advisor for help. We look forward to seeing you and answering all of your questions!

Sign up for FIND AND FUND YOUR SUMMER INTERNSHIP here!

Winter Term Internship Application for Credit Now Open!

Do you have a Winter Term internship lined up or want to consider doing a J-term internship? Here’ s the information you’ll need if you want to take part in an internship AND earn credit for the internship.

STEP 1: Have your resume approved by a CCI Peer Career Advisor (PCA). No appointment necessary. See go/PCAs for days/times.

STEP 2: Secure your internship. See go/findinternships for tips or make an appointment with a CCI advisor or visit a PCA for help.

STEP 3: Find a Middlebury faculty member to serve as your academic sponsor. See FAQ at go/WTinternships for more info on academic sponsors.

STEP 4: Write your personal statement for your application for credit including 3 scholarly sources (see FAQ at go/WTinternships).

STEP 5: Download the Internship Agreement Form, read it, and initial all sections.

STEP 6: Create an Experience in Handshake – this is your application for credit. (Find it at go/Handshake>Career Center>Experiences>Create an Experience.) Select Winter Term Application for Credit/Funding and Winter Term 2021 and answer all questions marked with an asterisk. Immediately after submitting, attach your personal statement, your CCI-approved resume, and a signed Internship Agreement. Several funding grants are available for students on financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis.

Internship credit is approved on a rolling basis up until Dec. 2. Apply now! Apply early!

Information, FAQs, Timeline & Checklist and other forms here!

Upcoming Internship Events!

If you are contemplating an internship this year, here are two opportunities to learn about how to find and fund an internship that fits your interests and how to earn credit for Winter Term internships.


Winter Term Internship Information Session
Wednesday, October 7, 4:00-5:00 pm
This live Webinar will address how to find a Winter Term internship and the timeline and action steps needed to earn internship credit. Current College policy on Winter Term 2021 internships will be covered (remote vs. in-person internships, travel, etc), as well as opportunities for funding. This information session will be recorded for those not able to attend.
Register in Handshake to access the Zoom link.

Student Stories from Summer Internships: A Center for Careers and Internships Panel Discussion
Friday, October 9, 2:00-3:00 pm
At Middlebury, students don’t just learn how to engage the world—they go out and do it. Even in the midst of a pandemic, our resilient and innovative students participated in meaningful internships (many of them remote) this summer.  They gained valuable experience, contributed to research on Covid-19, cancer and climate change, taught children, brought the arts online, and used language, writing, research, and analytical skills acquired at Middlebury to benefit major NGOs, corporations, non-profits, and campaigns.

Join a live Zoom panel discussion hosted by the Center for Careers and Internships (CCI) to hear directly from Middlebury students about how transformative internship experiences can be and what advice they offer to help students find and secure the right internship for their interests.  CCI staff will briefly describe our internship programs and be available to answer your questions. 
Register in Handshake to access the Zoom link.

Resources for Fall Internships

Dear Students,

We know that many of you have made the hard decision to take a leave of absence for the Fall. Some of you may want to find internships for the Fall, so we thought it would be a good time to remind you of CCI’s Find an Internship page.  Although CCI does not have funding for Fall or Spring internships, you will find both paid and unpaid opportunities in the resources below. 

Here are our top 5 tips for seeking internships.

  1. We suggest starting with Handshake. Click on the “Jobs” tab and then “Internships.” Select a location if desired. Next use your filters. We suggest searching by industry area (scroll through the industry areas and select those that interest you) and then do another search by job function to bring up other options. If you are only interested in remote opportunities, type “remote” into the search bar at the top of the page.
  2. Next check out Handshake’s Resource section. (To navigate from Handshake’s home page, click on Career Center and then Resources.) Sample resources you’ll find include:
    • CCI’s Career Path Pages – once on the career path of your choosing, navigate to the resources tab to find specific databases and web sites related to your interests.
    • Midd2Midd – log in and then select MiddConnect to search for alums in your location, industry area of interest, or major.  This platform is not to be used to ask directly for an internship but to ask for advice. Feel free to reach out to alums but always do your homework first and send a thank you when alums respond. See the Networking Guide in #4 below.
    • List of Past Internships – see what Midd students have done in the past and contact them for questions about their experience.
    • GoinGlobal – in addition to searching internships outside of the US, you can use the US city guides for seeking internships in your preferred US city.   
    • Idealist.org – lots of social impact internship and volunteer opportunities.
    • And more, such as ArtSearch, Jopwell, Vault, and USAJobs. 
  3. Use LinkedIn to search “jobs” and then “internships” under experience level. Or reach out to alums for advice.  Again, do your homework – see Networking Guide below for tips. 
  4. Research organizations on your own – start by searching the organization’s web site for internships. If you don’t find opportunities listed, then reach out with a well-crafted email to ask if they would be willing to take you on as an intern.  See CCI’s Resume and Cover Letter Guides and tips on Networking
  5. CCI Advisors are available for appointments during the summer. Schedule an appointment via Handshake with the career advisor that matches your interest. 

And for those who are interested, here are a few bonus ideas for Virtual Volunteering or “for fee” international virtual internship programs: SIT Study Abroad Virtual Internships, CEA’s Virtual Internships Abroad, and Global Experiences Virtual Internships.

Good luck!  CCI is here for you! 

SIT Study Abroad New Virtual Internships

SIT is offering a number of virtual international internships this summer.  Check out these opportunities. If you are interested in applying to CCI for internship funding (May 8 deadline), apply to SIT by May 1 and request an expedited response on your application.

SIT Study Abroad Virtual Internship Programs

Jordan: Online Internship in Counseling and Humanitarian Action
Kenya: Online Internship in Public Health in the Tropics
Netherlands: Online Internship in Sexuality and Gender
Serbia and Kosovo: Online Internship in Transitional Justice, Human Rights, and Memory
South Africa: Online Internship in Social Justice and Activism

More Resources for Remote Internships

We know that many students’ plans for summer internships are changing.  And as CCI has let you know, we anticipate that most of the internships CCI will be able to fund this summer will be remote internships. 

Last week, we posted some resources for students seeking remote internships for this summer. This week, we also learned that Global Experiences is offering international virtual internships abroad and CEA has extended their deadline to May 1. 

Global Experience Virtuoso Virtual Internships Abroad – Get matched with an international company based on your interests. Deadlines April 22, May 1, and May 15. $1500 fee includes placement, coaching, mentorship, and more. (CCI will consider funding these opportunities if you submit an internship funding application by May 8.)

CEA Virtual Internships Abroad – CEA informed us that they have extended their application deadline to May 1. Engage in supervised international work experience and build global career readiness competencies, all while staying at home. $450 placement fee and additional $95 application fee, which they may waive if asked. (CCI will consider funding these opportunities if you submit an internship funding application by May 8.)

Don’t forget: If you have an unpaid summer internship or experience, you can apply to CCI for internship funding. Apply on a rolling basis up until May 8. See go/summerfunding for information, eligibility, FAQs and more.  Make sure to indicate a Covid-19 summer plan in your essay that gives specifics on if this is a remote internship or what other contingency plans you and your supervisor have agreed upon. 

We are still awaiting final policy decisions from Middlebury for summer funding, but CCI anticipates being able to fund only remote internships, those in your home city/town if not with a vulnerable population, and possibly some in-person domestic internships that start mid-summer in locations not hit by the coronavirus outbreak.  More information coming soon.